Heidi Knapp Rinella

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Heidi Knapp Rinella is the restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. She reviews restaurants on Friday in Neon and her column, "Taste of the Town," appears on Wednesday in Living/Taste. She dines anonymously and pays for her own meals to ensure unbiased reviews.

Rinella has been a journalist for more than 25 years and the recipient of a number of journalism awards; she has worked for newspapers in Ohio, Florida and Nevada and has published a number of Las Vegas and Nevada travel books.[1]

The book The Stardust of Yesterday: Reflections on a Las Vegas Legend written by Rinella, edited by Mike Weatherford and foreword by Siegfried and Roy, is a complete history of the Stardust Resort and Casino. Rinella and Weatherford are both staff writers for the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. In the book, Siegfried & Roy, who debuted at the Stardust in the 1970s, tell of their many memories.


Heidi Knapp Rinella is not related to Las Vegas reporter George Knapp. She is, however, highly amused whenever she is asked if George Knapp is her father—which happens often.[2]


  1. ^ "» Author Personal Favorites". Chefsoflasvegas.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  2. ^ "WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters' notebook - News - ReviewJournal.com". Lvrj.com. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-10-14.